Greeley and Hansen Receives Presidential Award for Export Successes

Water Infrastructure Engineering Firm Honored for Global Export Expansion

CHICAGO, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Greeley and Hansen with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Greeley and Hansen has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to including international growth as a core component in the company’s strategic plan.  The company’s participation in international trade missions was also particularly notable. Greeley and Hansen’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

“Exporting continues to be a strategic pillar of Greeley and Hansen’s long-term growth plan,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen. “We believe the critical need for U.S. technology and intellectual capital to help build sustainable water infrastructure in emerging international markets will support the continued growth and expansion of our firm both in the U.S. and abroad. We are honored that our firm has been recognized with the prestigious President’s ‘E’ Award for Exports this year.”

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries.  Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

About Greeley and Hansen
Greeley and Hansen is a leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon over 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide.

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